Blunden loves home cookin'

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

Stephen Blunden won't have to worry about his pre-game meal for tonight's game between the Ottawa 67's and Sarnia Sting at the Civic Centre.

"Spaghetti and meatballs," said the 19-year-old winger, obtained from the Belleville Bulls for a seventh-round draft pick Wednesday. "It'll help a lot to get that home cooking. It's spaghetti and meatballs from now on."

Blunden is back living at home here with parents David and Elizabeth. Spaghetti and meatballs is his favourite dish prepared by mom.

The 6-foot-2, 194-lb. Gloucester native, a self-described role player, will play on left wing with centre Thomas Kiriakou and right winger Jon Carnavale tonight against the Sting (7:30 p.m.), said 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea.

"Watching Blunden play, he's a real good skater and hopefully he can help Kiriakou, who has been one of our best players since the start of the season, bar none," said Kilrea.

Kiriakou is tied for the 67's scoring lead with 14 points and is second with seven goals, one behind Corey Cowick.

Cowick will continue to play with Logan Couture and Thomas Nesbitt, while the Kid Line of Ryan Martindale, Michael Latta and Tyler Toffoli also remains intact.

Blunden had mixed feelings about the deal when he was pulled into the office of Bulls coach and GM George Burnett Wednesday.

"I was excited, even though it's a great bunch of guys I'm leaving in Belleville," he said of the first-place Bulls with which Blunden went to the Memorial Cup last spring.

He had one goal and one assist in 11 games with the Bulls this season.

"I'm more of a role player, blocking shots and winning battles along the boards," he said.

Adam Courchaine (0-2) will start in goal for the 67's tonight and Sunday afternoon in Mississauga against St. Mike's. Chris Perugini (6-4) will play tomorrow in Barrie against the Colts.

GET YOUR GROUCHOS ON

Tonight is Groucho Glasses night, an attempt to enter the Guinness World Book of Records for most people wearing the trademark eyewear of the late, great comedian. Each fan attending the game will be given a pair of glasses to help set the record.


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